Postcards: Sarasota History
The Hover Arcade was built for a reported cost of $20,000 in 1913 and completed in 5 months by Ohioans, Dr. W.E. Hover and his two younger brothers. The city fathers, with voter approval, purchased the Arcade and pier in 1917. Over the years it housed an ice cream parlor, a movie theater, the fire department, and City Hall. As the community sought a more modern look for its public buildings, a new City Hall was built on 1st Street to replace the "antiquated" Hover Arcade. Demolition crews razed the charming building in 1967.